Silver Screen Queens 295: Boy Erased

Published 16 January 2019 • 43 minutes

Also known as the Lucas Hedges gay conversion film, this had some early Oscar buzz around its (mostly Australian) cast and crew. We are always here for Lucas Hedges, and we are always here for gay teens, so it seemed like it might be a good fit for us.

Independence 44: Doing What You Love

Published 15 January 2019 • 30 minutes, 1 second

There are a lot of benefits to doing what you love as an indie, but there are also many things that you don’t consider when you try to turn your hobby into a career. Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at the things that blindsided them when turning their interests into products, and honestly ask themselves… do they still love what they do?

Silver Screen Queens 294: The Favourite

Published 9 January 2019 • 47 minutes, 2 seconds

We haven’t had the greatest experiences with Yorgos Lanthimos’s work (see our episode from last year on The Killing of a Sacred Deer), but THE FAVOURITE opened to near-universal acclaim, has more traditional subject matter, and features some of our favourite actresses really going for it, so we dove in.

Silver Screen Queens 293: Aquaman

Published 2 January 2019 • 43 minutes, 31 seconds

The latest addition to the DC film universe tackles one of the perpetual laughingstocks of the comic book world and makes him hot and charismatic in the form of Jason Momoa. Directed by action master James Wan, AQUAMAN also features Nicole Kidman demonstrating her range, the delightful Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe playing against type, and…Dolph Lundgren, enjoying a late career Lundgrenaissance.

Independence 43: Lessons Learned in 2018

Published 1 January 2019 • 34 minutes, 8 seconds

While they ring in the new year, Alice, Curtis and Jelly look back at 2018, with all its highlights, failures, lessons… and how it differed from everything they’d expected back when it began.

Silver Screen Queens 292: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Published 26 December 2018 • 42 minutes, 50 seconds

Miles Morales finally gets his own movie (animated, but still), and it turns out to be one of the most innovative animated films in years, melding comic book and cutting edge computer animation (as long as you aren’t epileptic - this film is NOT accessible). Dropping in the week before Christmas, it’s quite the gift.

Silver Screen Queens 291: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Published 19 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 9 seconds

Based on the memoir of Lee Israel, a talented writer who turned to literary forgery when she fell on hard times, this gem of a movie celebrates an unapologetically queer, cranky woman trying to make it in an inhospitable world. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant star as the eccentric leads, lightly moving through an impeccably-rendered 1990s New York.

Independence 42: Freemium

Published 18 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 11 seconds

If you’re selling apps, odds are you’re going to go down the freemium route: offering the app for free, but charging for something within the app itself. Of course, this business model comes with a whole bunch of ins and outs that you have to navigate if you want to succeed, so Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at how they’ve managed their apps, what’s worked for them, and what’s failed miserably.

Silver Screen Queens 290: Mortal Engines

Published 12 December 2018 • 49 minutes, 53 seconds

This is one set of YA novels that had passed us by, but they didn’t pass by Peter Jackson, who handed it over to his long-time storyboarder and special effects guy Christian Rivers to direct. The plucky heroine of this series is Hester Shaw, a scarred young woman hell-bent on avenging her mother’s murder. She’s joined by a blue-eyed angel in the form of Robert Sheehan as Tom, and Anna Fang, played by K-Pop star Jihae, who is worth the price of admission alone.

Silver Screen Queens 289: Creed II

Published 5 December 2018 • 35 minutes, 10 seconds

CREED was the best film of 2015 that hardly anyone saw (although clearly enough people saw it to make Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thomson and Ryan Coogler into stars). The sequel loses Coogler, but we are still here for it.